Back in the studio…

I’m slightly ashamed to acknowledge how long it has been since I’ve posted on this blog. After sending my postcards off in early October, I spent a bit of time organizing my print portfolio and working on freelance projects for my other job. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten any phone calls yet, but my hope is that one (or more) of my samples are in an art directors office somewhere… just waiting to be matched to my first assignment.

November included a trip to St. Louis to attend the Missouri SCBWI Confluence Conference. I had a great time at that event and met several talented women while I was there. There was a lot of discussion about improving the growth of illustrators in Missouri and the changes that are taking place now that an illustration coordinator has been named for the state (the very talented Katie Wools!) I look forward to seeing where all of that will go and hope to help out with the planning of Missouri’s first Illustrator’s Day.

December was a mad rush of crafting and shopping to get everything ready for Christmas. I overwhelmed myself with homemade gifts this year, including an A-frame tent and a backpack for my son. Despite the added stress, the presents were all happily received and loved by the people I gave them to. This year I need to start a lot sooner (something I say every year).

Gifts

* NOTE: The backpack was made with the adorable “Toddler Backpack Sewing Pattern” from Made By Rae HERE. I consider myself to be a novice sewer and it still turned out adorable. I absolutely love the Caleb Gray Robot Factory fabric with the red piping … definately my favorite sewing project yet! I will absolutely be making more of these in the future.

In the midst of all the holiday crafts, I did take a bit of time out to create my entry for the SCBWI Tomie dePaola award. This year, the challenge was to illustrate a passage Tomie selected from the classic fable Chicken Little. I decided to take a bit of a risk and play around with a style that I used for awhile in art school and I’m fairly pleased with how it turned out. I love the expressions on the faces of the birds and I actually feel like I represented the energy of the story fairly well…

chicken

Now that the deadline for entry has come and gone, other illustrators have been posting their work. There is actually an unofficial gallery of those entries HERE. I must say that there are some really fantastic interpretations out there. I don’t envy Tomie’s task of selecting just one winner for the award!

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